Hello TV Ragers, and welcome to your semi-regular update on all the pilots, renewals, and cancellations that have taken place since the last issue was published. Let's get right to it with:
ARRIVALS (Pilots Ordered)
Low Winter Sun, AMC - "Low Winter Sun is a contemporary story of murder, deception, Revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. The story begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter that detective’s life and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. The pilot is based on the 2006 two-part British mini-series written by Simon Donald and starring Mark Strong." AMC also ordered a new legal drama pilot, but it hasn't been titled yet.
Ready For Love, NBC - This is a new dating show, hosted by Eva Longoria. The concept here is that women can apply to participate on the show's official Facebook page, and will then be matched up (or not) with whichever of the three eligible bachelors they are determined to be most compatible with. Doing the determining are host/producer Longoria and a panel of "expert" matchmakers. I'm willing to bet money that no normal looking applicants are picked. We just can't go having normal people on a network dating show now can we? This show brought to you by Desperation, the new official fragrance of NBC programming.
RETURNS (Series Renewals)
90210, The CW, Season 5 - Really? This show is still on? Seriously though, I realize I'm far from the target audience for this, and I'm sure they're very pleased right now. I don't see how this show could ever hope to top the original 90210 anyway. Dylan McKay is a hall of fame character. And they wrote off Aunt Becky? Have Mercy.
Southland, TNT, Season 5 - Man, NBC must really feel like schmucks now. They gave this show zero chance to succeed. They set it up to fail from the beginning, taking long hiatuses, airing in the dead of mid-season, changing it's timeslot around, the works. Then came TNT to prove once again just how much better cable television is than the broadcast networks, especially when it comes to giving quality dramas a chance to find an audience. Does anyone think The Walking Dead would have succeeded on FOX? Or Breaking Bad on CBS? Hell no. And the same holds true for a gritty, no nonsense cop show like Southland. Only cable could offer the creative freedom and ratings breathing room to grow that the series needed. From one season and done, to getting renewed for a fifth. I laugh at NBC execs.
Supernatural, The CW, Season 8 - It's well known that the long winding road traveled by Sam & Dean Winchester was originally supposed to dead end after the fifth season. Eric Kripke's plan was always for five seasons, ending with the ultimate battle between good and evil. What Kripke didn't plan on was just how successful his little horror show would become. In seven seasons, Supernatural has built up an extremely passionate fanbase, complete with conventions, comic books, anime, and much more. You can't really blame The CW for not wanting it to end. Thus, here we now are. Heading into the eighth year. Wow. As a fan, I'd be fine with it running for eight more.
The Borgais, Showtime, Season 3 - Of all the Showtime original series, this has to be far and away the least promoted. I just never see adds for this, which is a shame, as what I've stumbled across of the show is pretty darn good. Will someone explain to me why Showtime would cast a heavyweight like Jeremy Irons in a Tudors-style historical drama, only to treat it like a red headed step child? I honestly don't get it.
The Vampire Diaries, The CW, Season 4 - If you thought there was a chance of this show getting canceled, you may already be undead and out of touch. With Twilight now ended, tweens the world over need this show to feed the emo bloodsucker shaped hole in all of their hearts. I kid TVD fans though, as many people have told me that the show is a lot better than non-viewers tend to give it credit for. And good to see Ian Somerhalder's career has rebounded. I always liked him on Lost.
DEPARTURES (Cancellations and End Dates)
Flashpoint, CBS, Ending After Season 5 - Bad news for fans: this critically acclaimed, Canadian imported, police drama starring Enrico Colantoni is ending. The good news: it seems to be on the producers' own terms. It's definitely better to end things when the time is right then be forced out and leave the fans with a cliffhanger. Just ask anybody who's ever watched a drama on FOX.
Khloe & Lamar, E!, Ending After Season 2 - YAY, a Kardashian family show got canceled. What... it was voluntary? Khloe's getting her own show now? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Really though, I can't think of anything nice to say here, so I'll say nothing at all.
And that's all for this (finally!, some high profile shows) edition. Don't forget that the network upfronts are during the week of May 14th, so be on the lookout for multiple fresh editions of AR&D throughout the festivities. They may even end up being daily, depending on the frequency of announcements.